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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Definitions for suasion

  1. The act of persuading; persuasion.

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Citations for suasion
As in the 1960s, violence converged with dynamism in American life, but unlike that subsequent period of protest, the militancy of the 1930s was restrained by the long arm of an American political tradition that favored reform by moral suasion. Nona Balakian, The World of William Saroyan
He visualized a world wherein power is exercised peacefully by moral suasion and political acumen, a world of idealism in many ways. George Perkovich, India's Nuclear Bomb
Origin of suasion
1325-1375
Suasion comes from Latin suasio, from suadere, "to present in a pleasing manner," hence, "to advise." It is related to suave, "gracious or agreeable in manner."